The President arrives at the gates of Hope Centre accompanied by a large cortege of armed soldiers and vehicles. The President was introduced to Pastor Leonard. Pastor Leonard gave him a tour of the site explaining what he was trying to achieve with Mission International's support. The president asked where Val and I were as he wanted to meet us. I believe that we will receive an invitation to meet with the president this week some time.
The president showed great interest in the compressed blocks and asked many questions. Here Vincent, our site supervisor, shows him how a block is made.
The local TV and Radio stations covered the visit. We hope to collect a copy of the TV report this week.
In the container were two simple, but very effective, water levels which can be more accurate than a spirit level over longer distances. Vincent hadn't seen this before and was impressed. This is what he is demonstrating to the president.
What is Hope Centre Burundi?
This is a project to build six houses for orphans in Gatumba, close to Bujumbura in Burundi. Each house will be home to eight children and one mama responsible for looking after the family unit.
The children have been orphaned as a result of ethnic violence and diseases such as Aids. Some of the children are also HIV positive themselves. They are currently looked after by a Burundian Pastor who takes great care of them in spite of their poor and cramped living conditions.
Hugh Henderson of Mission International met Pastor Leonard for the first time in 2006 and, moved by the conditions in which he and the children were living, made a promise to raise funds to build better homes for them.
Charles and Val Carr have committed themselves to overseeing the building of the childrens houses in Burundi and work started on site in July 2008. They are voluntary workers for the charity so all funds raised for the project go directly to the building of the houses.
The purpose of this site is to raise awareness and generate funds for the project. Please let us know if you think you can help with fundraising or with further ideas for fundraising ventures.
Each week this site is updated with images and a progress report. These can be accessed from the menus at the left of this page. Week 1, 2, 3, 11th Dec 09 - Report etc. Just click on these to open more pages.